Can I have a Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptive fitted when having an abortion?

FAQ type: Contraception FAQ’s

You can have a contraceptive implant, or an injection, or an IUD/IUS fitted when you have an abortion.  Nexplanon (implant) and Depo-Provera (injection) can be arranged at the time of an abortion. Our surgeons can also fit (or if necessary remove) the Mirena coil (IUS) and conventional Intra-Uterine Devices (IUDs).

How long does an IUD/IUS last?

FAQ type: Contraception FAQ’s

This is between five and ten years depending on which IUD you have fitted.  The T-Safe coil (IUD) lasts for 10 years.  The Mirena Coil (IUS) lasts and is licensed for 5 years.  Our client advisors are trained to advise you on which option is the best for your circumstances.

Can I have a negative test and still be pregnant?

FAQ type: Pregnancy Testing FAQ's

Nowadays pregnancy tests are very sensitive and a ‘false negative’ is unlikely unless it is a very early pregnancy. It may occur very occasionally with some tests. If in doubt you can have a second test two or three days later.

Is there a charge for this test?

FAQ type: Pregnancy Testing FAQ's

No.

Do I need to bring a first morning urine specimen?

FAQ type: Pregnancy Testing FAQ's

If possible yes as this will provide the most accurate result.

Can I have a test before a missed period?

FAQ type: Pregnancy Testing FAQ's

Yes

How soon after a missed period can I have a test?

FAQ type: Pregnancy Testing FAQ's

Immediately – the latest tests are very sensitive.

How soon can I resume intercourse?

FAQ type: Vasectomy FAQ's

You probably won’t even think about it for a day or two, but you can start again as soon as you feel comfortable.

When can I start running / going to the gym / general exercise?

FAQ type: Vasectomy FAQ's

Gentle exercise is good and you can continue this over the weekend if you feel up to it. For more physical sports it is best to take a week off and then start slowly, gradually working up to your normal level. Your best guide is to listen to your body.

What is the recover period and how long will I need off work?

FAQ type: Vasectomy FAQ's

The recovery period is different for each client.

If you follow the guidelines (you’ll be given a copy when you are discharged), and you have an office based job, you should be fit enough to return to work after the weekend. clients who have a very physical job, or one which involves heavy lifting etc, are advised to take a week off before returning to work.

How long does the operation take?

FAQ type: Vasectomy FAQ's

Usually between 12-15 minutes. With registration, counselling and a short rest following you operation we hope you visit will be no longer than two hours.

When can I take the dressing off?

FAQ type: Sterilisation FAQ's

After 2-3 days. When you are discharged you will be given extra dressings to apply.

Can I have a bath/shower?

FAQ type: Sterilisation FAQ's

Although you may feel like it, it is not advisable to soak in the bath; a shower is best and you should cover the wound with cling film so as not to get it wet.

When can I have intercourse?

FAQ type: Sterilisation FAQ's

We advise that you wait 4-6 weeks before you resume intercourse.

Is the sterilisation 100% reliable?

FAQ type: Sterilisation FAQ's

Nothing is 100% safe but conception is extremely rare.

Will there be any pain?

FAQ type: Sterilisation FAQ's

You will have some referral pain in your back and/or shoulders. This is due to a build-up of gas during the operation. Some peppermint in hot water or gaviscon will help ease the discomfort.

What happens to the fetal tissue after the abortion?

FAQ type: Abortion FAQ's

Please rest assure that the fetal tissue removed during the termination procedure will be disposed of in a sensitive and respectful manner in accordance with the Royal College of Nursing Guidelines. These guidelines can be viewed at: http://www.rcn.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0020/78500/001248.pdf

You have the right to ask about the disposal of fetal tissue and any personal requests for the tissue will be met wherever possible. If you would like to discuss this further, please ask the Doctor or Nurse for more information during your consultation.

What if I am breastfeeding?

FAQ type: Abortion FAQ's

If you have an early medical, it is recommended that you stop breastfeeding for 14 days from the first day of treatment. If you are having a surgical procedure under general anaesthetic, please wait 24 hours after the anaesthetic before starting breastfeeding again.

Will the client advisor try to talk me out of it?

FAQ type: Abortion FAQ's

No: the client advisors are trained to listen to you, provide information and support and never judge you or ask you to justify your reasons for wanting an abortion.

Do I have to be examined internally?

FAQ type: Abortion FAQ's

Not usually: however if a scan is unclear or is unavailable an internal examination would then be necessary but only if you give your permission.

Is the consultation necessary if I already know what I want to do?

FAQ type: Abortion FAQ's

Yes, there is a legal requirement that you see a client advisor and a doctor, and two doctors’ signatures are necessary on the relevant forms.

Will I have stitches and if so, when do they need to come out?

FAQ type: Sterilisation FAQ's

You will have sutures but they dissolve over time so there is no need to return to the Clinic.

How long will I be at the Clinic on the day of the operation?

FAQ type: Abortion FAQ's

This will depend on which procedure you have. It could be anything from a couple of hours up to around 7 hours. This will be discussed at your consultation.